FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 31, 2018) — Just before 5:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos directed a tweet to Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. John Ratcliffe, both Republicans on committees to which Papadopoulos testified last Thursday, stating that he received $10,000 in 2016 in what he said he believes was a “sting operation” carried out by the FBI.
“I am more than happy to deliver the $10,000 in cash I received, as part of what I believe was a sting operation to frame me in summer 2017,to your committee to examine for marked bills. This is in the interest of me being fully transparent,” Papadopoulos tweeted.
In recent weeks, the 31-year-old energy business consultant has conducted a number of media interviews in addition to his closed-door testimony to members of the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees from which Meadows, for one, said he learned new information which prompted him to recommend a number of individuals for further scrutiny by the Justice Department.
On Sunday, Papadopoulos tweeted that “there was a spy in the Trump campaign.”
Although accepting a “guilty” plea last year for lack of candor with the FBI, Papadopoulos told Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade last Friday that he is seriously considering withdrawing it in light of new information made available to him.
Papadopoulos is reported that a Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, once believed to be a Russian operative, has been said by his own attorney to actually have been working for the FBI when Mifsud approached Papadopoulos to arrange a meeting in Rome, to which Papadopoulos acceded. There, Papadopoulos said, Mifsud told him that unnamed Russian operatives possessed damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Papadopoulos is account of that event and others contradicts previous reportage in The Wall Street Journal, citing Papadopoulos’s plea agreement. While The Journal reported on August 17, 2018 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors found Papadopoulos to be unhelpful in their investigation, Papadopoulos told Kilmeade that he was “framed in many ways.”
The Special Counsel’s role of overseeing the dual-pronged “Russia” investigation came about one week after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Hiring a team of 17 prosecutors, nearly all of whom had donated to Democrats and one of whom had represented the Clinton Foundation, Mueller has secured More than a dozen indictments against Russian individuals and entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election and “guilty” pleas from Papadopoulos, former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign aide Richard Gates, who also worked with now-convicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
On Monday, Papadopoulos tweeted the suggestion that government officials from the UK and Australia “colluded” with the Obama regime, apparently as part of a grand scheme to ensure that Donald Trump was not elected president. Reportedly, the UK and Australian governments are opposed to the release of the “FISA” documents to which Papadopoulos referred and which Trump declared last month he would immediately declassify.
Three days later, Trump tweeted that he had decided to have the Justice Department inspector general’s office review the documents prior to making them public while affirming that certain “allies” were concerned about their release.
Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, Papadopoulos tweeted that Mifsud was the catalyst which began the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. “Now, Mifsud’s Lawyer says he was working for Comey’s FBI to fabricate collusion and sabotage Trump.”
Update, 8:35 PM EDT: earlier on Wednesday evening, Papadopoulos tweeted a follow-up to his comment directed to the two congressmen:
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.